Photo: Courtesy of Sarah Dodge
Photo: Courtesy of Sarah Dodge

7 days of food and drink events in Atlanta | August 26 - September 1

Who doesn't like free? We've got your guide to free ice cream, free yoga and bellinis and the chance to win free BBQ for a month, plus festivals to celebrate everything from the Hatch chili to meatballs to football season and more. All that with a dose of pizza, wine and cheese, beer and comedy and more-- all happening this week in Atlanta.

Wednesday, August 26

Piedmont Park Dine Out

5:30 p.m. at Varuni Napoli. Show your support for Piedmont Park by dining at Varuni Napoli Wednesday, August 26, for the Piedmont Park Dine Out. 10% of total sales will be donated to the Piedmont Park Conservancy. varuni.us/

Thursday, August 27

Perrine's Cheese and Wine Tasting

5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at Perrine's Wine Shop. Taste six different gourmet cheeses from Mt. Tam Cowgirl Creamery paired with carefully curated wines by proprietor Perrine Prieur. The event is $45 and RSVP only. Reserve your spot by calling 404-254-5077. Get $25 back when you purchase six bottles or more.

Friday, August 28

Free Mini Scoops of Ice Cream at Queen of Cream

5:00 p.m. at Queen of Cream. The popular ice cream cart celebrates the opening of its bricks-and-mortar shop in the Old 4th Ward with free mini scoops for guests between 5:00 and 8:00 p.m. Choose from flavors like Cornflake Bacon Brittle and Sweet GA Corn + Blueberries. www.queenofcream.com

JUSTIN Wine Dinner

6:30 p.m. at Ray's at Killer Creek. Guest speaker John Ford, Regional Director of On-Premise for JUSTIN Vineyards and Winery, hosts a reception and four-course dinner with wine pairings from the vineyard. $80/per person. Reservations: 770-649-0064.

Saturday, August 29

Sandy Springs Restaurant Council Kickoff Cookout Tailgate

11:00 a.m. at 5 Seasons Brewing Company. Celebrate the start of football season with bites from Food 101 and other top Sandy Springs restaurants at the first ever Kickoff Cookout Tailgate. Enjoy live music, games like cornhole and QB toss and crafted brewed beers at 5 Seasons Brewing Company in Sandy Springs. For more information, call 404-497-9700.

Sunday, August 30

Om Yoga on the Patio

10:15 a.m. at Osteria Mattone. Get your zen on with a free yoga session with the restaurant's events coordinator and certified yoga instructor, Laura Beisel. Sip on a complimentary bellini after the 60 minute Vinyasa style class. Bring your own mat and a water bottle. All participants will also be entered into a raffle for a month free at Lift yoga studios in Roswell as well as a $20 gift card at Osteria Mattone. osteriamattone.com

Atlanta Meatball Festival

1:00 p.m. at Belle Isle Square in Sandy Springs. TasteATL presents the second annual meatball festival. Taste a variety of meatballs-- from traditional beef and pork to seafood and chicken-- plus music, limoncello tastings, and more. $25 advanced tickets available online at AtlantaMeatballFestival.com. Children 10 and under are free with a paid adult.

2nd Annual Foxeria del Sol Hatch Chili Fest

4:00 p.m. at Taqueria del Sol at Westside Provisions. Taqueria del Sol, in conjunction with Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q, will be hosting the 2nd Annual Foxeria del Sol Hatch Chili Fest to celebrate the arrival of the annual shipment of New Mexico chiles. This block party event will feature a Hatch Chile-inspired menu created by chef Eddie Hernandez of Taqueria del Sol and Pitmasters Jonathan and Just Fox of Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q, plus beer, cocktails and live music. All proceeds will benefit Hogs for the Cause, a nonprofit organization that is one of the premier funding sources for pediatric brain cancer outreach services in the U.S. Tickets are $25 per person and include festival entry and unlimited access to food stations, with beverages sold separately. gom.xorbia.com/foxeriadelsol.

Monday, August 31

Beer and Comedy Night

7:00 p.m. at SweetWater Brewing Company. Enjoy a night of comedy, six beer tastings and a souvenir pint glass for just $10 at this popular weekly event. www.facebook.com/1upcomedy

Tuesday, September 1

Smokebelly BBQ Instagram Contest

Ongoing at Smokebelly BBQ. Win free food for a month with Smokebelly BBQ's Instagram contest. Upload a photo and tag it "@smokebellybbq" and "#sb4me" by October 5 to receive a $500 Smokebelly BBQ credit.

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